Blind woman knocked to the floor in rush-hour crush causes Highbury corner safety U-turn

PUBLISHED: 07:07 05 February 2015

Cllr Russell: 'Pinch point is dangerous'

Cllr Russell: 'Pinch point is dangerous'


Using old station as pedestrian thoroughfare among options being considered

Transport chiefs are increasing safety at a busy junction after a partially-sighted woman was knocked over in a rush-hour crush.

Major works to the railway bridge under Highbury Corner had created a “dangerous” pinch point at a new crossing.

Cllr Caroline Russell, who represented Highbury East ward, which covers the corner, demanded a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) bosses after the partially-sighted woman and her dog were pushed to the ground on Monday.

She said: “I was aware there was a dangerous pinch point at the new crossing in Holloway Road and this incident shows that there is just not enough space for people to cross the road safely.

“But I’ve had a really useful meeting with Transport for London who have now promised to make a number of changes.”

TfL have agreed to remove somebarriers to make more space at the crossing, stop lorries driving the streets during school pick-up and drop-off times, and to investigate opening up the old Tube station to provide a pedestrian cut through from Holloway Road to Highbury Fields.

Cllr Russell added: “I’m glad that TfL have started listening to residents’ concerns about safety.”

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